On Wednesday 3rd September, marine conservationists and concerned individuals will be gathering in cities worldwide, as part of a peaceful international protest against the annual Japanese hunts.
The Marine Connection, one of the UK’s leading dolphin and whale conservation charities, will be co-ordinating the protest outside the Japanese Embassy in London, along with several other animal welfare organisations and concerned individuals.
About 23.000 dolphins, porpoises and other small whales are killed in Japan every year. More than 2.000 of them are slaughtered in drive hunts that run in Taiji from September to April each year.
This makes Japan responsible for the largest direct kill of dolphins in the world. During this time, Japanese fishermen round up dolphins and small whales, driving them towards the shore where they remain trapped and distressed.
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